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Enhancing the quality of life for all Queensland communities

Andrew Johnson

SWQ Branch President

Director Operations, CEO Designate, Somerset Regional Council

SWQ Branch committee

Andrew Johnson (Branch President)


Somerset Regional Council

Dereck Sanderson (Vice President)

District Director, Darling Downs

Department of Transport and Main Roads

Maddy Stahlhut (Ambassador)

Civil Engineer

GHD Pty Ltd

Cameron Ives

Professional Engineer

GenEng Solutions Pty Ltd

Shelley Burchett

Assets Manager

Proterra Group Pty Ltd

Seren McKenzie

Director Infrastructure Services

Southern Downs Regional Council

Luke Tanner

Manager Works

Goondiwindi Regional Council


SWQ Branch Presidents Report
December 2020

It was great to see such a high representation from the SWQ Branch at the 2020 IPWEAQ Annual Conference with 99 of the 440 delegates from our region. Thank you to everyone who supported the event after also supporting our Stanthorpe conference in February (the only IPWEAQ Branch Conference delivered this year) with a record attendance.

Our branch also took home some major awards at the awards ceremony and dinner including Young Engineer of the Year for Brianna Barnett, Senior Works Manager, Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC), and Lenny Wright (Program Coordinator Construction) was the recipient of the Team Member of the Year award. They are obviously doing something right at Western Downs (pardon the pun).

WDRC was also announced the winner for Projects $5 - $10 million for the Chinchilla Parklands (featured in the new Every Community Needs an Engineer calendar for March with the slogan, Engineers Build Communities). It was a clean sweep in this category with Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) receiving a High Commendation for the Empire Theatre Refurbishment Stages 1 & 2 with just three points separating the two projects.

Mike Brady was back on stage for TRC for the Emu Creek Hall Road Bridge which was the winner for Projects $1 - $2 million.

Southern Downs Regional Council also had a big night winning two awards plus a High Commendation for:

  • Winner, Projects $2 - $5 million - Supplying Water to Over 5000 People When the Dam Runs Dry - The Stanthorpe Water Supply Story
  • Winner, Road Safety - Learn to Ride Pathway in Australiana Park, Warwick
  • Highly Commended, Innovation & Sustainability in Water - Supplying Water to Over 5000 People When the Dam Runs Dry - The Stanthorpe Water Supply Story

And last but certainly not least, the 2020 Engineer of the Year award was presented to Ged Brennan after many decades of providing exceptional engineering services for our sector, in his consultancy business, GenEng Solutions and as a past President.

John Tannock, who won the Best Paper award at the Stanthorpe conference in February went on to win the Geoff Wilmoth Best Paper award at the conference. Congratulations, John!

By all accounts, it was another exceptional gathering for our sector despite the influences of COVID-19, and an excellent way for us to end a challenging year.

It’s just over three months until the next SWQ Branch conference in Chinchilla (18-19 March 2021) with the Call for Papers to be issued in the New Year so please submit your projects, services and lessons learned. Please also encourage your younger professionals to submit an abstract – it’s a great way to hone communication skills presenting to an audience of 200+ engineers – it’s a safe crowd. 😊

Thank you for supporting IPWEAQ over the past 12 months. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in what will hopefully be an ordinary year!

Andrew Johnson
SWQ Branch President

Presentations at #IPWEAQ20 by SWQ Branch members


Drones, AI and the Future of Asset Data, from Zero(s) to Hero

Shelley Burchett, Proterra Group

No time to waste! Critical project delivery at Goondiwindi Regional Council
Michael Shellshear, Proterra Group

No worsening is not a thing
Tony Loveday, RMA Engineers

Supplying over 5000 people with water when the dam runs dry - the Stanthorpe water supply story
Seren McKenzie, Southern Downs Regional Council